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    Primo Levi Matteo Mastragostino, Alessandro Ranghiasci, Alberto Toscano
    9781771135221 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction On Sale Date:March 22, 2021
    $21.95 CAD 6.6 x 9.4 x 0.4 in | 323 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Between the Lines
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      “It’s a pretty long story,” Primo Levi tells a classroom of children, “so I’ll try to make it simple.”

      Translated from the original Italian, this hauntingly illustrated comic tells the story of the Italian Jewish chemist who survived the camps at Auschwitz against all odds. Matteo Mastragostino draws on historical research, interviews, and Levi’s own landmark books to piece together a fictionalized yet profoundly intimate portrait of a courageous figure.

      In the scene that emerges, Levi visits a group of schoolchildren to retell his life story and keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, answering innocent questions with hard truths. Sobering yet tender, Primo Levi extends a rare opportunity for readers both young and old to deepen their understanding of life, death, and the human spirit.

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      Matteo Mastragostino is a graphic designer, journalist, and graphic novel writer with a degree in industrial design from the Politecnico of Milan. Primo Levi, his first graphic novel, was published by Beccogiallo Editore in 2017 with the artwork by Alessandro Ranghiasci. Since then, the book has been translated into French, German, Croatian, and now English. Primo Levi won third place at the Prix Révélation Bande Dessinée des lycéens Hauts-de-France in 2019. In 2020, Matteo published two more graphic novels: Perlasca (Beccogiallo Editore), illustrated by Armando Mìron Polacco, and Vann Nath (La Boîte à Bulles), with artwork by Paolo Castaldi.  Matteo lives in Lecco with his son Leonardo, two goldfish, and an innumerable number of books and comic books.



      Alessandro Ranghiasci studies at the Roman School of Comics and the Faculty of Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome. He has worked as a storyboard artist in cinema and advertising. Primo Levi is his debut as a comic book artist.



      Alberto Toscano is Reader in Critical Theory and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation Between Kant and Deleuze (2006), Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea (2010; 2017, 2nd ed.), Cartographies of the Absolute (2015, with Jeff Kinkle), and the translator of several works by Alain Badiou, Toni Negri, Furio Jesi, and Franco Fortini. He is an editor of the journal Historical Materialism and editor of The Italian List for Seagull Books.

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    Wonder Drug LSD in the Land of Living Skies Hugh D.A. Goldring Canada, nicole burton Canada, Dr. Erika Dyck Canada
    9781771135597 Paperback BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Entheogens & Visionary Substances On Sale Date:November 08, 2021
    $21.95 CAD 7.25 x 9.38 x 0.23 in | 276 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Between the Lines
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      Could it be that the most remote frontiers of twenty-first-century exploration lie inside the human mind? Illustrated in kaleidoscopic full colour, Wonder Drug is the graphic history of a controversial and little-known medical research project carried out in the Canadian prairies—one that championed LSD as a way to model schizophrenia and cure ailments from alcoholism to depression.

      Spanning the decades from the 1950s to present day, this captivating story follows Anglo-Canadian psychiatrist Dr. Humphry Osmond down the rabbit hole of psychedelic research, conducted both in the lab and in his living room. Lurching from dazzling imagery to fanged delusions, and studded with a cast of radical personalities such as Aldous Huxley, Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, and Kay Parley, Wonder Drug is a trip like no other.

      As Osmond and his colleagues grapple with professional isolation, a growing moral panic, and the burgeoning War on Drugs, their growing body of findings are maligned and misunderstood—but the promise of pharmapolitical revolution is still on the horizon, and the radical research in Weyburn, Saskatchewan may yet be realized.

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      Hugh Goldring is a writer from Ottawa, Ontario, Algonquin territory. As one half of Petroglyph Studios, he works full time writing comics with social justice themes in partnership with scholars, unions, activists and NGOs. He is part of the Ad Astra Comix publishing collective which published his first graphic novel, The Beast: Making a Living on a Dying Planet. He was active in the Occupy movement and has been involved in several Food Not Bombs chapters. He has spent the last 5 years traveling across the United States, visiting with anti-fascists, migrant rights activists and anti-capitalists, trying vainly to make sense of it all.



      nicole marie burton is a comic artist and children's book illustrator living in Ottawa, Ontario. Her published works include The Boy Who Walked Backwards, The Beast: Making a Living on a Dying Planet, Enemy Alien: A True Story of Life Behind Barbed Wire, and Coal Mountain, part of the comics anthology Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working Class Struggle. She is a founding member of the Ad Astra Comix publishing collective.



      Erika Dyck is a Canadian historian. She is a professor of history and Canada Research Chair in the History of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2014, she was inducted to the New College of Scholars, Artists and Scientists at the Royal Society of Canada.

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    Unsettling Canada A National Wake-up Call 2nd edition Arthur Manuel Canada, Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson Canada, Naomi Klein Canada
    9781771135566 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies On Sale Date:November 29, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.8 in | 498 gr | 320 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Between the Lines
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      A Canadian bestseller and winner of the 2016 Canadian Historical Association Aboriginal History Book Prize, Unsettling Canada is a landmark text built on a unique collaboration between two First Nations leaders.

      Arthur Manuel (1951–2017) was one of the most forceful advocates for Indigenous title and rights in Canada; Grand Chief Ron Derrickson, one of the most successful Indigenous businessmen in the country. Together, they bring a fresh perspective and bold new ideas to Canada’s most glaring piece of unfinished business: the place of Indigenous peoples within the country’s political and economic space.

      This vital second edition features a foreword by award-winning activist Naomi Klein and an all-new chapter co-authored by law professor Nicole Schabus and Manuel’s daughter, Kanahus, honouring the multi-generational legacy of the Manuel family’s work.

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      Arthur Manuel fought for decades for Indigenous land and human rights in Canada and internationally. He participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from its inception in 2002 and served as spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET) from 2003 to 2016. Working through INET, Manuel succeeded in having the struggle for Aboriginal title and treaty rights injected into international financial institutions, setting important precedents for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Manuel was a spokesperson for the Defenders of the Land.



      Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson has been elected chief of his Westbank First Nation six times and is one of the most successful First Nations business people in Canada. He was made a Grand Chief by the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs in recognition of a lifetime of political and economic leadership.



      Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. She is Senior Correspondent for The Intercept, a Puffin Writing Fellow at Type Media Center, from 2018-2021 she was the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair at Rutgers University. In September 2021 she joined the University of British Columbia as UBC Professor of Climate Justice.

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    Bloodroot Tracing the Untelling of Motherloss Betsy Warland
    9781771338370 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:October 03, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.38 in | 0.38 lb | 236 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Signature Feminist Publications
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      In Bloodroot, Betsy Warland traces how a mother and daughter's shared gender can shape the very anatomy of narrative itself. In her mother's final year,Warland quietly discovered how to disentangle a crucial, concealed story that had rendered their relationship disconnected and fraught. Warland weaves a common ground that moves beyond duty and despair, providing both questions and guideposts for readers, particularly those faced with ageing and ill parents and their loss.

      The 2000 edition of Bloodroot broke new ground in memoir form and uncharted storytelling. The 2021 edition, reprinted by Inanna for the launch of its InannaSignature Feminist Publications series, includes a new foreword by Susan Olding and a new essay by Warland that explores subsequent questions, insights and tenderness only the passage of time can enable.

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      Betsy Warland has authored 14 books of creative nonfiction, essays and poetry. Regarding her 2020, Lagoon Lagoon/lost in thought, the Vancouver Sun wrote of her "magisterial (and yet, paradoxically, minimalist) distillation," and The Ormsby Review: "her command of art and language is that of a virtuoso." The Winnipeg Free Press review of her 2016 book, Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas, called it "an astonishing book by a truly luminous writer." A mainstay for writers and teachers, the second edition of Warland's Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing (with new added material) will be released in 2022. This 2021 second edition of Warland's first memoir, Bloodroot--Tracing the Untelling of Motherloss (2000), includes a new, long essay by Warland reflecting on what Bloodroot taught her in terms of craft and the nature of narrative over the past twenty years. Former director and mentor of the Writer's Studio and Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, Warland received the City of Vancouver Mayor's Literary Excellence Award in 2016. The creation of an annual book award honouring Warland, The VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award, will be launched in 2021.

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      "The first time I read Bloodroot, I was astounded. The book's daring form, ground-breaking at the time, corresponded with the nonlinearity of grief and the fragmented nature of memory and gave a generation of young writers permission to tell their stories in the way they demanded to be told. Twenty-one years later, the beauty and lucidity of Warland's prose, the artistry in her storytelling, and the boldness of her voice continue to resonate. This book is still astonishing, still heart-opening, and more necessary than ever."
      ? Ayelet Tsabari, author of The Art of Leaving

      "Bloodroot is a deeply moving and evocative memoir, a reminder that death is not a finite moment, but an unsteady process of holding on and letting go. Read the text. Read the white space. Read the silences in between. Every page is marked by Betsy Warland's presence and precision."
      ?Chantal Gibson, author of How She Read

      "What makes Bloodroot a precious reading is the path it follows from facts to memory and fragments of oneself, to thoughts creating and assembling enough proofs to "untell a (her) mother" and compose a viable relation to the truth."
      ?Nicole Brossard, poet, novelist and essayist, author of Mauve Desert

      Reading Bloodroot, a thrilling accomplishment of craft, intellect and intuition, I relived my own process of motherlessness. And Warland's narrative of motherloss is a process, though not linear, of storytelling. Bloodroot's narrative offers us its own companionship, its own collusion with us as our mothers die."
      ?Myrna Kostash, based in Edmonton, author of Ghosts That Walk the Parkland

      "Betsy Warland's Bloodroot is a classic in motherloss memoir that reaches every reader where she is in that life-long journey of learning to accept death as part of our lives. Generations have profited from this complex, brilliant, and insightful book. And now with the new edition, Warland offers more?it reunites the original work with its roots."
      ?Carolyn Gammon

      "Every word in this book is stretched to capacity, gently unpacking the truth about all the unmet needs that often sit between mothers and daughters. Offered with such tenderness, and careful pacing, the white space invites us to breathe between revelations as we birth new ways, more compassionate ways, to see one another. This is, as Betsy says, a narrative about abandoning disappointment; acquiescing to grace."
      ?Jónína Kirton, Métis/Icelandic poet

      "Like many readers of Bloodroot 20 years ago, I swayed mightily in Betsy Warland's sensational e/motional capacity to space and pace this intimate daughter-writer narrative of mourning that both says and unsays. I feel anew profoundly accompanied by Warland's embodied probing of the contradictions and excisions that narrative performs. Warland's brilliance as an innovator of creative nonfiction unfolds throughout Bloodroot and the fascinating, generous essay that accompanies this new edition."
      ?Margaret Christakos

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    Essential Ingredients Carol Rose GoldenEagle Canada
    9781771338875 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:November 05, 2021
    $18.95 CAD 6 x 7.5 x 0.3 in | 0.25 lb | 100 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
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      There are times in a parent's life when they ask why am I doing this? It's so hard.. That is, until those occasions of magic happen, and they always do. Parenthood is a journey with no road map. And it is the children who most often steer the ship. In her new collection of poetry, Essential Ingredients, Carol Rose GoldenEagle recalls when Creator's blessings have truly been bestowed in a parent's shared life with their children. Poems examine hardship and struggle, triumph of spirit and joy, and serve as a reminder to all parents that childhood is fleeting. This beautiful volume is a celebration of parenthood, in the form of love letters to the poet's children. It is ultimately a tribute to the memories of those many magic moments which define love, purpose, and pride.

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      Carol Rose GoldenEagle is Cree and Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, northern Saskatchewan. She was recently named Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan (2021-2023). Carol is author of the award-winning novel, Bearskin Diary. It was chosen as the National Aboriginal Literature Title for 2017. The book was also shortlisted for three Saskatchewan Book Awards, and the French language translation, Peau D'ours, won a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Hiraeth, Carol's debut book of poetry, was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Her second novel, Bone Black, was released in the fall of 2019, and was shortlisted for both the Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples' Writing Book Award (2020) and Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Book Award (2020). Carol's most recent novel, The Narrows of Fear (Wapawikoscikanik), was published in 2020. Essential Ingredients is Carol's second poetry collection. As a visual artist, Carol's work has been exhibited in art galleries across Saskatchewan and Northern Canada. As a musician, a CD of women's drum songs, in which Carol is featured, was recently nominated for a Prairie Music Award. Before pursuing her art on a full-time basis, Carol worked as a journalist for more than 30 years in television and radio at APTN, CTV, and CBC. She lives in Regina Beach, Saskatchewan. www.carolrosegoldeneagle.ca

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      "Cree and Dene author Carol Rose GoldenEagle's collection, Essential Ingredients, carries a womb-filled with wisdom, and is a poetic portrait of motherhood, love, food and family. It's a humble offering which charts the relationship of a single mother and her three children, featuring recipes for moose stew, bannock, and retraces both the tender and painful memories of life."
      ?Shannon Webb-Campbell, author of I Am A Body Of Land)

      "Looking back at what it means to be a single mother and Cree, Carol Rose Goldeneagle's poems, recipes and other writings in Essential Ingredients are always heartfelt. A natural speaking rhythm to the snippets of memoir and poems (brought out by anaphora, syncopated end-rhyme or refrain) reminds this reader of the drum (and the heart beat!) We enter an entrancing symbolism and numerology that shapes the entries?favourites are the number 4 (seasons, directions, the four herbs used in a smudge etc.) and 7, for the number of spots on a lady bug, which corresponds to seven Cree virtues that also find their qualities associated with seven prairie animals. Delight and tongue-in-cheek humour are never far from this mother's writing, as when on Mother's Day "precious years ago" she is presented with breakfast in bed or when she overhears her children in a serious debate in the backseat while she is driving. Who would be the better "cousin," Johnny Cash or Michael Jackson, and Cash wins. Essential Ingredients is a page-turner of a memoir, and so enriched by the artwork of Goldeneagle herself."
      ?Gillian Harding-Russell, author of In Another Air

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    9781771338677 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBTQ+ Age (years) from 14 - 21 Publication Date:November 17, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.33 in | 0.38 lb | 180 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Young Feminist Series
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      Corey Cobb was born intersex, but because Corey's father and stepmother didn't make a big deal of it, it isn't until Corey's dad dies suddenly and Corey is back with a disapproving mother that making a gender choice becomes an issue. Corey is now legally old enough to refuse medical intervention--but not old enough to prevent "choosing not to choose" being considered by Corey's mother to be a psychiatric problem. While in the youth psych ward, Corey meets Kim, diagnosed as anorexic, and together, the teens discover important, perhaps catastrophic, truths about each one's past.

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      Candas Jane Dorsey is an internationally-known, award-winning author of several novels, four poetry books; several anthologies edited/co-edited, and numerous published stories, poems, reviews, and critical essays. Her most recent fiction includes novels The Adventures of Isabel; What's the Matter with Mary Jane?; and The Man Who Wasn't There; and short fiction Vanilla and Other Stories and ICE and Other Stories. For fourteen years, she was the editor/publisher of the literary press, The Books Collective, including River Books and, for a time, Tesseract Books. She was founding president of SFCanada, and has been president of the Writers Guild of Alberta. She has received a variety of awards and honours for her books and short fiction, including most recently, the 2017 the WGA Golden Pen Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts. She was inducted into the City of Edmonton Arts and Cultural Hall of Fame in 2019. She is also a community activist, advocate and leader who has served on many community boards and committees for working for neighbourhoods, heritage, social planning and human rights advocacy. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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      "Thought provoking and innovative... this groundbreaking novel provides insight into the inner experiences and emotions of an often ignored and invisible gender... that of intersexuality. As an intersex person, I found myself reading and relating to Corey's experiences living life in a world that exists on the binary when that binary clearly does not apply. It gave me comfort to know there was someone else out there in the pages of this book who understands how it was and how it is for intersex youth."
      ?Quinn Wade

      "A profound book every young person should read. Dorsey's vivid characters serve as a powerful reminder that we are all different in unique ways. Ultimately, it is the courage to truly see and believe in ourselves that matters the most."
      ?Dr. Kristopher Wells, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, MacEwan University

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    Coming to Canada Starkie Mak Canada
    9781988168562 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary Publication Date:September 25, 2021
    $21.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 1 lb | 96 pages Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      With sensitivity and tenderness, Starkie Mak has captured a tale of the immigrant experience, from the eyes of a child. Masterfully rendered with careful homage paid the children's books that have touched the hearts of so many, Mak's brush strokes and calligraphy evoke the turbulent emotions and difficulties a child must surely experience when having their little world upended, only to have a much larger and foreign world unfold before them.

      In a heartbreaking parting, a child says goodbye to her family and is left with her imagination as guide. In search of a new life in a new land, a child retreats into the realm of fantasy. Through the devastating pain of childhood loss emerges the joy of a child's triumph.

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      Starkie Mak is an artist and writer deeply in love with expressive drawing and painting. Her paintings have been exhibited across Europe and Asia. She illustrated for children's magazine Cotton Tree and is an art teacher educating children. The classic novel The Secret Garden sparked her interest in literature. Literature and illustration are indispensable parts of her life. She studied creative writing at the University of Oxford.

      She moved to Toronto from Hong Kong in 2018.

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    9781988168463 Hardcover FICTION / General Publication Date:May 27, 2021
    $28.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0 in | 1 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      Reluctant amateur detective, Reverend Charles Lauchlan, departs the prairie city of Winnipeg and travels abroad to Scotland with his fiancé Maggie on a bicycle tour of the highlands. Two near fatal accidents put members of the tour on edge and, to make matters worse, a shadowy figure seems to be observing their every move. Stuck in the remote highland countryside, the group is thrown back on their own resources. While Charles and Maggie are trying to decipher what these strange events mean, they make another grisly discovery. It's murder most foul and we're not just talking about Scottish weather. So Many Windings is the second in a three book series that began with Put on an Armour of Light (winner of the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction). Deftly wrought, meticulously researched, and scintillating with charm and period prose, Macdonald weaves a winding, cross-country tale that will require all of the detective's ingenuity and test the measure of his resolve.

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      Catherine Macdonald enjoyed a varied career as an archivist and freelance historian before turning to crime. Her first mystery novel, Put on the Armour of Light, won the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction at the 2016 Manitoba Book Awards. Fifty Words for Rain, forthcoming from At Bay Press, is the sequel to that book and finds the characters in Scotland where they tour the Highlands by bicycle.

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      Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction 2014, Winner
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    Series: Beach Series
    Beach Blonde John Reynolds Canada
    9781988168548 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:November 02, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 1 lb | 456 pages Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      After serving two years in prison for breaking the neck of the man who assaulted his sister, Arden is released on bail. He lands a job working at Tuffy's, a restaurant and bar on the beach strip, alongside his former cellmate, Slip Winegarden. Things seem to be looking good for Arden, until it all starts to unravel...

      When Slip is caught crossing Viktor Khernov, Tuffy's owner, Arden witnesses the madman's revenge from close quarters. Arden's parole officer tells him to find another job or lose his parole status. Meanwhile, the detective investigating Slip's murder tightens the vice by ordering Arden to stay on the job and feed him information or face the same penalty. Amid Arden's ongoing drama, trying to stay cool, is Josie Marshall, widow of a detective found murdered in front of their beach strip home a few years ago - a murder Josie solved on her own (and told in Reynolds' previous novel Beach Strip). Josie thinks men can be handy sometimes, but she'd prefer they left her alone. Fat chance, especially after her relationship with Slip Winegarden becomes known. Soon she and Arden are trying to fend off Viktor Kernov and his muscled sidekick, as well as the homicide detective determined to solve Slip Winegarden's murder, all while drawn into a romance that neither of them saw coming but both appear unable to avoid.

      Gritty, violent, with a distinct noir flavour and a nod to Elmore Leonard, Beach Blonde reunites readers with Josie Marshall, the witty and resourceful heroine of Beach Strip.

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      John Lawrence Reynolds has authored or co-authored more than 30 books. A graduate of McMaster University (English & Psychology), he left a career as Creative Director with a major ad agency to explore other interests, including music, photography, film directing and travel writing before publishing his first novel, The Man Who Murdered God.

      A past-president of Crime Writers of Canada, he has won three Arthur Ellis awards for mystery fiction and a National Business Book Award, among other honours.

      Dubbed "Canada's best and busiest ghost-writer" (National Post), John has worked with people such as Justin Trudeau, Shark Tank panelist Robert Herjavec (three books), and several major U.S. and Canadian business and political personalities. His best-selling work on the history of secret societies, titled Shadow People, was published in 12 languages and 15 countries.

      He lives in Burlington, Ontario with his wife Judy.

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    Gibbous Moon Dennis Cooley Canada, Michael Matthews Canada
    9781988168531 Paperback POETRY / General Publication Date:October 25, 2021
    $28.95 CAD 7.5 x 10 x 1 in | 1 lb | 176 pages Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      A gibbous moon arrives in shadow and light. First at waxing then at waning, two moons in one cycle just shy of full. Poet Dennis Cooley's eloquent words merge with photographer/composer Michael Matthews' decadent abstract photographs. These two celebrated artists draw connections and parallels to each other's masterful art forms, tying the two together seamlessly. The antecedent and subsequent illuminate the night sky with their dance; the shadows and the light taking turns at showing us the way through the darkness.

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      Dennis Cooley has lived most of his life on the Canadian prairies, where for over 40 years he has been active as teacher, editor, poet, critic, anthologist, publisher, mentor, and supporter of writing. His work has been immersed in family, the prairies, and a play with form. His most recent titles include The Home Place (essays on Robert Kroetsch's poetry), and two books of poetry--Abecedarium and Departures. His acclaimed poetry collection The Muse Sings was released by At Bay Press in 2020.



      Inspired by the worlds of nature and literature, Matthews creates music that encourages the listener to step beyond the everyday, to dwell for a while in images of paradox, to consider the ever-changing tapestry of life.

      Michael Matthews completed a Ph.D. in composition at North Texas State University in 1985. In 2012 Matthews retired from twenty-seven years of full-time teaching at the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba; he is now Professor Emeritus there. Matthews is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and currently lives and works in Berlin.

      Matthews is also active as a photographer, and his abstract images were recently exhibited in Germany and the US. Canadian publisher At Bay Press will shortly be releasing The Gibbous Moon, a book of photography and poetry created in collaboration with poet Dennis Cooley.

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